Bella Thorne on Skype dates and finding inspiration in Internet trolls

By Carli Whitwell

What do Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner have in common? They’re all big fans of Bella Thorne, and it’s easy to understand why. The beautiful redhead – who joined forces with these A-listers in the flicks Blended and Alexanderand the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – is as lovely as she is talented. This month, we get to see her play the mean girl in the new romantic comedy The DUFF. As the Florida native, 17, reveals to Hello! Canada, being the bad guy may be easier said than done.

What’s fun about playing a villain like Madison?
To be honest, I didn’t find being mean so much fun. It was actually a challenging experience. For inspiration, all I had to do is turn to Internet trolls that harass me on a daily basis! [ Laughs]

Have you missed the traditional high school experience?
I’ve had a high school sweetheart all of high school and we’ve gone to games, dances and junior prom. All of my friends are in high school and I’ve lived through them. The only thing I think I’ve really missed are the high school lockers. I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of having one.


Bella’s character is bent on destroying classmate Bianca (Mae Whitman).

How has your family supported you?
My family is my cheering team. My mom travels everywhere with me and makes sure that I am eating well and getting enough rest. She goes over my lines with me, too.

You’re currently filming in B.C. How do you cope with missing family and friends when you’re on-set?
I haven’t found a cure. I send pictures of my set and what I am doing and get pictures back from them as well.

So you’re working on Valentine’s Day?
It’s a little bit of a bummer. I’d like to be home and going on a date with [boyfriend] Tristan. We will have to settle on a Skype date!

Our senior writer Carli Whitwell (@CarliWhitwell) has been a pop culture junkie since childhood when she fell head over heels for Home Improvement's Jonathan Taylor Thomas. She helms our movie and health sections.

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